Well, as I said previously, I want to continue with the blog, even though I’m on a temporary freeze from trying to get pregnant. After all, it is supposed to be a journey! Meanwhile, there were many other areas regarding getting pregnant that I wanted to address, and one of them was fitness and nutrition.
Frankly, there isn’t too much to say about this topic because most of it is common sense. However, if you weren’t too healthy or fit before, there’s no better time to start than while trying to get pregnant. There is no perfect number on the scale that needs to be reached, so no need to stress. However, ideally your BMI would be in the normal range. Anything above that or under it (overweight or underweight) and you’re going to possibly struggle to conceive. You can check your BMI on any online BMI calculator, or I have added one for you under my “blogroll” section.
There is such a thing as being too fit to conceive. If I were marathon training all year round, running 20 miles at a time on weekends and 10 on weekdays, for me, that would be too much. I don’t mind whittling it down! You just want to be relatively fit.
Just as important is nutrition. Your BMI is obviously going to go up if you aren’t a healthy eater. Again, no specific rules here, just be smart: limit fatty foods and sugar, bring on fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, beans, and lean meats. Most importantly, remember portion control. All the veggies and lean meats in the world won’t help you out if you eat enough for multiple people in one sitting. If I had yet another blog, it would be about food, because I have a hard time sticking to the standards I just wrote. I can never completely deny myself of sugar – it’s just not possible. But I can try to pick and choose when to have it. For example, I’ll be at a wedding this weekend, so I should probably plan to eat something sweet there. Therefore, this week before, I’m trying to turn it down.
Once you are pregnant, fitness and nutrition is equally important. Check with your doctor, because in terms of fitness, you can (and should) still exercise, even towards the 9th month. You just will change up what you actually do for exercise. As for eating – did you know that when you’re pregnant, you only need an addition 300 calories a day (give or take)? That whole, “Go ahead, have another doughnut, you’re eating for two!” concept really doesn’t work, and it’s not good for you.
Finally, if you smoke, that needs to stop right away. As for alcohol – we all know that you can’t while pregnant, as you could harm your baby. As for when you’re trying, well, do your best, but a glass of wine won’t hurt, or a beer. It could take a year to get pregnant, and you’re obviously going to have a drink during that time somewhere. Just be as aware as possible of when you are pregnant, so you can stop right away. Finally, if you’re addicted to caffeine, you might want to start letting go of that, too. They say a little is okay, and if you have to have your coffee, then I guess that’s that. But if you don’t (and I don’t), start choosing decaf options. Because when you’re pregnant, you really can’t be hooked on caffeine. All of these rules will be worth it in the end when you’ve given birth to a healthy baby!